Microsoft chief Bill Gates believes the world’s developing countries need to improve basic health before they can reap the full benefit of computers and the Internet, Bloomberg news reported Oct. 18.
Speaking at a World Resources Institute conference in Seattle, Gates was critical of focusing on bringing technology to impoverished countries as a way of improving the quality of life and economic development without first focusing on improving health care and literacy.
“You really have to deal with the issue of people in poor countries’ health,” Gates said. “They aren’t going to be using a [personal computer] unless they have good health.”
He said investments still could be made in both health and technology, with health getting the bigger share.
“If someone is interested in equity, you shouldn’t spend more than 20 percent of your effort on PC’s and technology. You should be spending more on malaria,” he said.
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